With all the water coming down yesterday it was still very warm. We got almost 1/2 an inch of rain during the day, but very little since midnight. 48F, wind at 7. AQI 8. We’re supposed to get a *lot* of rain today. Maybe two inches? …and then little tomorrow, but a fair amount on Sunday and Monday and then drying out Thursday and beyond.
Yesterday was crazy…. The computer guy came a day early and the keyboard went wonky when he was here, but the computer behaved. He thinks it might actually be a keyboard problem and not the computer! We’ll see.
Tempus and I got the soup done and put away, but the dishes from that didn’t happen until late evening. The table is piled up again. I did up a bunch more of the plant starts late last night, so I have my dishtowel drawer back again, even if there’s now a bucket of water with starts soaking in it in the way. …and right then I said something to Tempus and he took it outside.
It was a really good meeting with topics ranging from religious background to why we think the way we do to UFO’s and back to the Near-Death Experiences! We’re planning on another meeting on 2/21, also a Thursday. We had one startling moment. I had been talking about Perun and there was a really bright flash, that momentarily blinded me. I had just enough time to say, “What was *that*?” when the thunder banged so loudly that it rattled the window!
Yeah, very late night. Tempus went to do the bulk drops as soon as possible, and then had to go back and bag a lot more papers, which meant that he started the regular route at 2:15! I had gotten a long nap before he started and then I started writing. When I got stuck I would get up and do something, like putting away my costumes from the weekend, or doing another section of displays, so I got a lot accomplished.
I did a little chopping up of summer sausage, because I wasn’t sure just what Tempus had eaten during the day and set that up with a box of cheese cubes for him on the route. When he called around 4 he told me to go out to look at the “werewolf moon”, which was sinking in the west. That was about the time that I decided to start another costume piece that should be fairly easy, since it’s lining an outer shell. I got it about 2/3 of the way before he got back.
Today he’s going to have to go into Newport later in the day, but I’m hoping to let him sleep for quite a while and I’ll mind the front. I’m *not* certain whether he’s taking me into Eugene tonight or Saturday morning, but I’m definitely going to be gone over Saturday, so no workshops that day.
Since she’s left us….. Info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Oliver
When death comes…..
I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?
And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,
and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,
and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending, as all music does, toward silence,
and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.
When it’s over, I want to say all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world. – Mary Oliver
The local larkspurs, delphinium trollifolium, and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shade of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums after the shape of the nectary. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifolium and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.
Today is the feast day of Hera, queen of the gods of Olympus and wife of Zeus. Her worship probably derives from the earlier forms of the Great Goddess and her name quite possibly is the female form of the word “hero”. Her symbols were peacocks, swans, pomegranates and poppy. More here:http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan18.html and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hera
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 1/20 at 9:16pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 1/19 at 9:16am.
Zero-magnitude Capella on high, and equally bright Rigel in Orion’s foot, are at almost the same right ascension. This means they cross your sky’s meridian at almost exactly the same time: around 9 or 10 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone. (Capella goes exactly through your zenith if you’re at latitude 46° north: Portland, Oregon; Montreal; central France.) So, whenever Capella passes its very highest, Rigel always marks true south over your landscape, and vice versa. And tonight, the bright Moon shines between them.
For those who recently caught the observing bug, the so-called Summer Triangle must seem like a huge misnomer. That’s because this asterism remains on view after darkness falls in January. Look for Vega, the fifth-brightest star in the sky and the brightest triangle member, low in the northwest. Deneb lies above Vega and about one-third of the way to the zenith. Deneb marks the top of another asterism, the Northern Cross, which stands nearly straight up from the horizon on January evenings. Altair, the third triangle member, scrapes the western horizon and sets around 6:30 p.m. local time.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, at the Aries-Pisces border) is highest in the south right after dark. It’s visible in binoculars if you have a good finder chart and if you know the constellations well enough to see where to start with the chart.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for January
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic,Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 18 Low 3:23 AM 3.4 7:47 AM Set 5:12 AM 84
~ 18 High 9:27 AM 8.7 5:06 PM Rise 2:45 PM
~ 18 Low 4:42 PM -0.6
~ 18 High 11:14 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Daydream a little.
~ A friend is one who comes in when the rest of the world goes out. – Julia Stege
~ There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. – Celia Thaxter
~ The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. – Paul Valery
~ [Our constitution, said Franklin] will fail, as all such constitutions have in the past, because of the essential corruption of the people. He pointed his finger at all the American people. And when the people become so corrupt, he said, we will find it is not a republic that they want but rather despotism – the only form of government suitable for such a people. – Gore Vidal
Winter is there, outside, is here in me:
Drapes the planets with snow, deepens the ice on the moon,
Darkens the darkness that was already darkness.
The mind too has its snows, its slippery paths. – –Conrad Aiken (1889–1973)
Bride’s Bouquet Sachets (Brigid)
- Imbolc Potpourri (below)
- 1 Yard White Netting Material
- Yellow and Pink 1/8″ width Ribbon
- Potpourri is made with:
- 1/2 cup dried basil
- 1/2 cup dried chopped bay leaves,
- 1 cup dried Heather flowers
- 1 cup dried Violets
- 1 cup dried white or pink rosebuds
Blend together in non-metal bowl. Cut netting material into 4″x4″ squares. Lay out squares on a flat surface. Place 1 heaping tablespoon of potpourri in the middle of each square. Pull up all the corners to the middle of the potpourri and gather the excess material until potpourri is caught in a “bag”. Give bag on twist to the right and tie off with yellow or pink ribbon. Use enough ribbon to make a small bow in the front of the sachet. Tell children how these sachets were exchanged as symbols of good luck and fertility. – )0( GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Potpourri for Candlemas
45 drops myrrh oil
1 cup of oak
2 cups dried heather flowers
2 cups dried wisteria
1 cup dried yellow tulip petals
cup dried basil
cup dried and chopped bay leaves
1. mix all ingredients in large jar or other lidded container.
- shake often until it has cured to your taste.
Egg Carton Fire Starters – Reuse all those old candle ends in this practical, convenient fire project suitable for outdoor fires, only. (Don’t burn wax in an indoor fireplace, it can cause chimney fires!)
You will need:
paraffin wax or beeswax (old candle stubs work great for this)
the bottom halves of cardboard egg cartons
sawdust, pine needles, scraps of cotton material, dry pinecones, or
- Stuff each cardboard egg holder with sawdust or other flammable material.
- Melt the wax in double boiler, over low to medium heat.
- When the wax is melted, carefully pour the wax into each depression in the egg cartons. Make sure the wax does not overflow.
- Stir gently with a bamboo skewer or other small stick to make sure that the wax reaches through the other combustibles.
- Let cool.
- After the wax has cooled down, use scissors to cut the fire starters apart from each other, leaving the hardened wax inside its cardboard shell.
- To use, set one or two fire starters in your fireplace, surround with kindling and larger wood, and light. The fire starters will keep burning long enough to light even the most stubborn logs.
Tips – You can used powdered resins along with the other combustibles to give a lovely scent to the flames or line each cup with plucked off “petals” from cones. A wick can be inserted so that the fire can be started with a lighter. Make a bed of crumpled paper to set this on and continue as above.
Silliness – Good Advice – Military Style– The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in aviation are: “Why is it doing that?”, “Where are we?” and “Oh ****!”